World Cup 2018: Belgium on the verge of knock-out berth against Tunisia

first_imgBelgium’s ambitions at the World Cup lie beyond the group stage, so the team’s players just want to get through to the knockout round as quickly and easily as possible.The next step in that plan is to beat Tunisia on Saturday.”We have to be concentrated on our game, because with our strengths we don’t have to wonder about how Tunisia will want to play,” Belgium defender Thomas Meunier said Thursday. “We want to do everything to finish the game as soon as we can.”A win for the Belgians at Spartak Stadium would put them on the verge of qualifying from Group G. A win for England over Panama a day later would be confirmation.Belgium started slowly on Monday against a defensive Panama side mostly concerned with avoiding a big loss in its World Cup debut – even coach Hernan Gomez said he was satisfied with the 3-0 loss because “it should have been worse.”2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGETunisia is a step up in quality from Panama, but its attacking ability was hobbled by the injury which stopped creative forward Youssef Msakni from coming to Russia for his country’s first World Cup appearance since 2006.BEAUTIFUL GOALSIn a World Cup full of set-pieces, own-goals and penalties, Belgium coach Roberto Martinez was content with the elegant way Belgium beat Panama.All three goals came from open play, with Dries Mertens scoring a volley before Romelu Lukaku headed in a pass from the outside of Kevin De Bruyne’s foot and then chipped the goalkeeper.advertisement”The hardest thing in football is to score goals and they were beautiful goals from open play,” Martinez said Wednesday. “You should not look for perfection. We need to improve, of course. We want to improve.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLE”I think the three games in the group stage, it was always for us to improve in a mental way, in a technical way, in a tactical way.”FORTY-YEAR WAITAnything but a win will leave the Tunisians with little or no chance of qualifying for the knockout stage, but history isn’t on their side.Four decades and 12 World Cup games have come and gone since Tunisia’s last win, a 3-1 victory over Mexico in 1978. That win made history because until then no African team had ever won on soccer’s biggest stage.BELGIUM’S TIME?With Brazil, Germany and Argentina all failing to win their opening games in Russia, some Belgium fans feel it could be their time.The team is trying to keep its feet on the ground, aware that Panama was one of the weakest opponents in the competition. Meunier said he is confident that the World Cup’s historically dominant teams will recover their form.”The first game is always very special because the little teams are very motivated and want to give everything on the pitch,” he said. “But I do think that in the following days, there will not be too much surprises in groups. I’m convinced that the big teams will go through maybe with some difficulties, but they will go through.”last_img read more

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Amid uproar over Hindi imposition Centre alters draft education policy

first_imgNew Delhi: After a huge outcry and allegations of Hindi imposition by many states, the Centre on Monday made changes to the new Draft National Education Policy, making the language optional. “In keeping with the principle of flexibility, students who wish to change one or more of the three languages they are studying may do so in Grade 6 or Grade 7, so long as they are able to still demonstrate proficiency in three languages (one language at the literature level) in their modular Board Examinations sometime during secondary school,” read the tweaked version of the draft policy. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist In the original Draft National Education Policy 2019, a three-language formula recommended the inclusion of English and Hindi besides mother tongue in the non-Hindi state, while the Hindi-speaking states were to include English and Indian language from other parts of India. The draft policy had said multilingualism is a necessity of India as of much of the developed world and must be considered a boon and an opportunity for learning and expanding one’s horizons rather than a burden. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France Many leaders from non-Hindi states, especially Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, had opposed the policy.In Tamil Nadu, leaders across party lines had said the state would not tolerate any imposition.Echoing the same sentiments, Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy had said that the Centre cannot force any language. However, despite the raging controversy, the Centre had maintained that the policy was just a draft subject to changes and ensured that no language will be pressed upon.”The committee was formed for drafting New Education Policy. That committee has given its report. The report of the committee is only received by the Ministry. That’s not the policy. No language will be imposed on any state,” HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishak had told ANI on Saturday.(With inputs from DNA)last_img read more

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PRODUCERS BALL 2017 in Photos

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The Producers Ball shines a light on Producers and celebrates our successes as one of North America’s strongest industries, known worldwide as leaders in film, TV & media production.Held during the Toronto International Film Festival, Producers Ball  is an evening shared by celebrities, directors, International and Hollywood peers alike as we highlight Producers as Visionaries who bring ideas to life and people together.  Twitterlast_img read more

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Federal cabinet to decide First Air – Canadian North merger knowing prices

first_imgKent DriscollAPTN NewsA proposed merger between two northern airlines would cost customers more, and reduce the routes available, according to Canada’s Competition Bureau in a report released Tuesday.Now, the federal cabinet has to decide whether to allow Canadian North and First Air to merge.In a written report to Transport Minister Marc Garneau, the Competition Bureau says, “the proposed merger of First Air and Canadian North is likely to result in a substantial lessening of competition in the provision of passenger travel and cargo services.“The effects of the transaction are likely to include reductions in passenger and cargo capacity, increases in price, and reductions in flight schedules.”Read the Competition Report here: Proposed Merger of First Air, and Canadian NorthIt’s hard to overstate the importance of air travel in the Arctic – every one of Nunavut’s communities is a fly-in community.Garneau now has to take the proposed merger to the federal Cabinet, which will decide whether to let it go through.Transport Canada is also preparing a separate look into the proposed merger.Both airlines are owned by the business arms of Inuit Land Claims organizations. Canadian North is owned by the Inuvialuit Regional Corp and First Air by Makivik Corp.The two airlines first announced their intention to merge in July 2018.First Air operates routes to 32 northern communities, including the Northwest Territories (NWT), Nunavut and Nunavik. Canadian North serves 16 communities in Nunavut and the NWT.The report goes further, saying that letting the two merge would create a monopoly on northern air travel.“The Commissioner is of the view that the Proposed Transaction can be characterized as a merger to monopoly in the vast majority of the Parties overlapping origin and destination pairs and is likely to lead to significant and materially higher prices and lower quality services for air passengers and cargo customers,” the report says.The Nunavut government is steering clear of commenting on the proposed merger.While answering questions in the legislative assembly, Nunavut Transport Minister David Akeeagok confirmed that his government had submitted information to the Competition Bureau’s investigation, but wouldn’t describe what that information contained.Speaking in Inuktitut, Akeeagok said, “The matter you commented on has already resulted in a submission to the federal government, specifically to the Hon. Marc Garneau offices, outlining the position of the government of Nunavut and its concerns about this matter including how Nunavummiut may be impacted by the merger.”Despite being competitors, the two airlines have remarkably similar pricing already.Iqaluit to Ottawa return on First Air costs between $2,000 and $3,000. Canadian North has the same pricing. The further north you go, the higher the cost.A return trip for one from Resolute, NU to Ottawa is over $7,000.And Canadian North and First Air responded with a joint statement, in favour of the merger.“It’s artificially restricted findings in this matter are of limited value and suggest a superficial understanding of the Inuit organizations proposing this solution for sustainable northern transportation,” says the statement. “Before Inuit can be meaningful participants in the national economy, they must be meaningful participants in the northern economy; an efficient Pan-Arctic airline is the only long-term viable answer that will provide immediate benefits.”They also urged Garneau to approve the merger, saying, “it is our sincere hope and expectation that the Minister will pursue his mandate to represent the rights and interests of Nunavik and the Inuvialuit Region.”This isn’t the first time the Competition Bureau has weighed in on northern airlines.In 2017, the two airlines were accused of predatory pricing by Go Sarvaq, a group trying to provide more affordable flights from Iqaluit to Ottawa.The investigation did find some evidence of predatory pricing, but not enough to lead to charges. Go Sarvaq was forced to abandon their project.The new airline would keep the name Canadian North, while adopting the red and white branding of First Air.kdriscoll@aptn.ca@kentdriscolllast_img read more

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Tommy Lake Fire now 40 percent contained

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Tommy Lakes Wildfire is now 40 percent contained.  According to the B.C. Wildfire Service, the fire is now 22,000 hectares and did receive some rain on Saturday.The cooler temperatures and decreased wind, have enabled firefighters to get the upper hand and contain the fire.There are 234 firefighters building and reinforcing guard working to increase containment supported by 8 helicopters along with 22 pieces of heavy equipment. More informationOn May 27, 2018, an Area Restriction Order was put in place for Crown Land in the vicinity of the Tommy Lakes wildfire. This restricts public access to the active wildfire area and access roads within the Tommy Lakes wildfire boundary and surrounding area. For more information regarding the restricted area please refer to the attached order and map.The public is asked to respect this order to ensure your safety as well as the crews working on the Tommy Lakes wildfire. Public and crew safety is the number one priority of the BC Wildfire Service.Cause: Lightning Lightning CausedResources• 234 firefighters• 8 helicopters• 22 heavy equipmentThe decrease in area to 22,000ha is due to more accurate mapping.Today (June 3rd),there was no growth on the Tommy Lakes wildfire and some sections of the fire did receive rain. The cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity continue to aid fire suppression efforts. The crews have made great progress to date and the fire is currently 40% contained.Today, there are 234 firefighters building and reinforcing guard working to increase containment supported by 8 helicopters along with 22 pieces of heavy equipment.The primary objectives are to establish machine guard and if conditions permit conduct controlled burning operations, in order to protect oil and gas infrastructure, communities and other values in the vicinity of G80340.On the northwest side of the fire, crews along with heavy equipment are working to complete the guard on the west side of the Beatton River. Crews are also working on a contingency guard along the western flank.On the southwest flank, crews are mopping up hot spots from 6 km east on the South Nig, and well site 74 off Beatton road.On the east flank, crews are working to complete mop-up and patrols along and in the vicinity of the North Nig road. They are also mopping up east of the Beatton Road and continue with direct attack west of the 71km mark on the Beatton Road. Crews are also working to complete mop-up from the North Nig road working south towards the 76km mark on the Beatton Road.On the northeast flank, crews continue to patrol and mop-up guards and hose trails constructed off the North Nig and Tommy Lakes roads, and complete the Wellsite access road at 74 km. They are working to construct new guard and support mop up along pipeline guard with crews in the southwest.In the vicinity of the fire, smoke may be visible to the public.The Tommy Lakes (G80340) is the result of the amalgamation of the former Beatton Lake (G80340) and the Tommy Lakes Road (G80341). This amalgamation occurred on May 25, 2018. The Peace River Regional District removed the evacuation alert for a small farming community near the fire Friday.Here is the full update from the B.C. Wildfire Service:Tommy Lakes (G80340)Last updated: Sunday, June 03, 2018 at 10:18 AMLocation: Approximately 29km northeast of mile 109 Hwy 97 (Alaska Highway)• See approximate location of this wildfire on an See Map interactive map• View an interactive map of all active Wildfires of Note.Discovered: Tuesday, May 22, 2018Size: 22,000.0 hectarescenter_img Status: Active• 40% containedInterface: Interface Interface FirePrevious evacuations have been rescinded.As of 1615 on June 1,2018, the Peace River Regional District rescinded the Evacuation Alert for Electoral Area B.last_img read more

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UN unveils handbook for civilmilitary coordination in humanitarian crises

11 March 2008As the number and scale of humanitarian responses to both natural disasters and conflicts keeps rising, the United Nations and the European Commission today launched a new handbook to help humanitarian staff coordinate with military forces during emergency operations. As the number and scale of humanitarian responses to both natural disasters and conflicts keeps rising, the United Nations and the European Commission today launched a new handbook to help humanitarian staff coordinate with military forces during emergency operations. The UN Civil-Military Coordination Officer Field Handbook seeks to provide those working in the field with information to help carry out their tasks, given there are more situations in which the military and civilian relief providers are working in the same atmosphere, such as the transport of emergency food and medicine supplies to remote areas by heavy-lift military helicopters. “Coordination between civilian and military actors is often essential during an emergency response,” said John Holmes, who serves as Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and as Emergency Relief Coordinator. He noted that the new guidelines will help aid workers ensure that this coordination is effective and is based on internationally recognized principles and guidelines. These principles specify that the objectives and procedures of civilian groups and military forces in the context of humanitarian emergencies remain distinct. They also stipulate that any relief aid provided be neutral, impartial and based on identified needs. The EC funded the workshop and preparatory work for the creation of the Handbook. read more

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Foreign exchange rates

These are indicative wholesale rates for foreign currency provided by the Bank of Canada on Friday. Quotations in Canadian funds.Australia dollar 0.9977Brazil real 0.3986China renminbi 0.1887Euro 1.4787Hong Kong dollar 0.160879India rupee 0.01963Indonesia rupiah 0.0000940Japan yen 0.01154Malaysia ringgit 0.2934Mexico peso 0.07072N.Z. dollar 0.9216Norway krone 0.1589Peruvian new sol 0.3882Russia rouble 0.02126Saudi riyal 0.3356Singapore dollar 0.9232South Africa rand 0.09546South Korean won 0.001103Sweden krona 0.1551Switzerland franc 1.3064Taiwanese dollar 0.04151Thailand baht 0.03789Turkey lira 0.3576U.K. pound 1.6197U.S. dollar 1.2586Vietnam dong 0.000055 read more

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QA A look at how daily fantasy sports sites including DraftKings FanDuel

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Daily fantasy sports websites including DraftKings and FanDuel have been ordered to shut down in Nevada after regulators said they can’t operate without a gambling license. The companies, which have flooded televisions and computers with advertisements promising big payouts to winners, have come under increased scrutiny by regulators after it was revealed employees often played on competing sites, raising questions about possible insider information being used to win.Here’s a look at how these sites operate and their ties to sports leagues:___HOW DO DAILY FANTASY SPORTS WORK?The sites take traditional season-long fantasy leagues — where points are earned each week based on a roster of players picked before the season’s start — and squeeze the stats down to a day or week. Customers playing for free or paying for an entry, as low as a couple quarters or as much as thousands of dollars, get a “bankroll” to spend on players to create a fantasy team for the day. Like most games, the competitor who earns the most points based on those players’ statistics wins. Unlike traditional sports betting in Las Vegas, customers play against others, not the house, and winning isn’t determined by a single game’s outcome.___IT’S NOT GAMBLING? IT’S NOT ILLEGAL?The sites say the games are based more on skill, not luck and point to a specific exemption carved out for fantasy sports in the federal Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006. It was enacted at a time when season-long fantasy sports matchups, not daily ones, were becoming popular.New York-based FanDuel and Boston-based DraftKings say the law that addresses processing payments for online gambling applies to them. That law doesn’t necessarily make the sites OK in states where the definition of gambling can vary wildly depending on if the contest is entirely skill-based or mostly skill-based. That’s kept both out of at least five states. On Thursday in Nevada, the sites were ordered to shut down and apply for gambling licenses if they want to do business.___HOW INVOLVED ARE THE MAJOR SPORTS LEAGUES?The NBA has a stake in FanDuel. MLB, the NHL and Major League Soccer are DraftKings investors. The NFL hasn’t made any direct investments or partnership deals, but its teams are allowed to accept advertising from the sites. The league has said the contests aren’t gambling because players need skill to play and win. ESPN said it was cutting sponsored DraftKings elements from within its news shows but not the frequent commercials.___WHAT ABOUT THE NCAA?The governing body for college sports, which has strict rules for its players prohibiting sports betting, has expressed its discomfort with daily fantasy sports. Seeing a parallel between it and gambling, the Southeastern Conference has asked sports network ESPN to remove the companies’ ads from the SEC’s network. And commissioners for the Football Bowl Subdivision want DraftKings and FanDuel to stop offering college sports fantasy contests on their sites. Q&A: A look at how daily fantasy sports sites including DraftKings, FanDuel operate FILE – In this Sept. 9, 2015 file photo, Devlin D’Zmura, a tending news manager at DraftKings, a daily fantasy sports company, works on his laptop at the company’s offices in Boston. Customers of the two biggest daily fantasy sports websites have filed at least four lawsuits against the sites in Oct. 2015, following cheating allegations and a probe into the largely-unregulated multi-billion dollar industry. In court papers, the customers accused the DraftKings and FanDuel sites of cheating, and argued they never would have played had they known employees with insider knowledge were playing on rival sites. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia) by Kimberly Pierceall, The Associated Press Posted Oct 16, 2015 7:23 am MDT Last Updated Oct 16, 2015 at 10:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Benghazi attack a sobering reminder of Libyas challenges UN official tells Security

“This horrific and tragic attack, together with a spate of assassinations of security personnel in Benghazi, a series of explosive devices in Tripoli, and attacks on Sufi shrines, further emphasizes the security challenge facing the authorities in Libya,” the UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman, told the 15-member body at a meeting on the situation in Libya.Mr. Feltman strongly condemned the attack as he introduced Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s latest report on the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), while also signalling Mr. Ban’s appointment of a new Special Representative, Tarik Mitri, replacing Ian Martin, who helped establish the Mission last year.According to initial media reports, it is believed the US ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, and three other diplomats were killed when suspected Libyan religious extremists stormed the US Consulate in Benghazi late Tuesday. The extremists reportedly attacked the location in protest against an anti-Islamic video produced by an American-Israeli real-estate developer.In his remarks to the Council, Mr. Feltman welcomed statements by the Libyan authorities to bring to justice those responsible for the Benghazi attacks. He said that Secretary-General Ban reminded Libyan authorities of their obligations to protect diplomatic facilities and personnel.In his report – written before Tuesday’s attack in Benghazi – Mr. Ban says that Libya’s General National Congress elections, held on 7 July, marked a major milestone in the country’s transition toward a modern democratic State, after decades of autocratic rule and toppling of the regime of Muammar al-Qadhafi.Colonel Qadhafi ruled the North African country for more than 40 years until a pro-democracy uprising last year – similar to the protests in other countries in the Middle East and North Africa – led to civil war and the end of his regime. Mr. Feltman underlined the importance of the 8 August transfer of authority from the National Transitional Council, which emerged from the civil war, to the 200-member General National Congress, that quickly and transparently elected a President and two Vice-Presidents in accordance with the country’s Constitutional Declaration. “For the first time in over four decades, Libya now has a democratically elected body,” he said, noting that today, its Congress will vote to appoint a Prime Minister following lengthy deliberations and public presentation of candidates, setting “new standards for the region.”However, he added, the General National Congress now needs to address several urgent governance priorities, including the initiation of a national reconciliation dialogue, providing oversight over all levels of government, tackling decentralization and fighting corruption. “Progress on local governance issues will constitute the first step towards addressing the legitimate and urgent need for decentralized government,” he said, adding that it was crucial to assure civil society a voice in that process. UNSMIL and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) provided technical assistance and parliamentary training in preparation for the transfer of authority from the National Transitional Council to the General National Congress, Mr. Feltman said. “The UN will continue to provide technical support to the Congress and to coordinate with the international community offers of assistance and technical support,” he added.However, foremost among the challenges facing the Libyan people is security, as yesterday’s attack showed, the UN official said, pointing to arms outside state control, lack of clarity and competition over security responsibilities between and within relevant institutions and the continued prevalence of armed brigades. In addition to these concerns, Mr. Feltman said border security remains a top national priority to combat the smuggling of arms, drugs, human trafficking and illegal migration, as well as the spread of transnational organized crime. The urgency with which security needs to be addressed was also highlighted by the spate of attacks on Sufi shrines in Libya over the past few weeks, in Zliten, Tripoli, Benghazi and Misrata – all of which had been condemned by the Government.According to media reports, ultra-conservative Islamists were responsible for the damage, reportedly with the acquiescence of members of the security forces. The sites are revered by Sufis, a branch of Islam known for its moderation but considered heretical by some branches of the Islamic faith.UNSMIL was assisting the Government to address its acknowledged shortcomings in all key security areas in an integrated manner, Mr. Feltman said, as well as strengthening international coordination to support security sector governance.Addressing the issue of detainees held since the civil war, over which the UN chief expressed deep concern in his report, Mr. Feltman said that while such prisoners were gradually being brought under the authority of Libya’s Ministry of Justice, as well as being screened, a more systematic and accelerated approach was needed.UNSMIL, he said, continued to urge Libyan authorities to prevent and investigate torture and other mistreatment of detainees, and was working closely with authorities on judicial and penal reform essential for bringing about due process for all detainees. read more

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Ban hails Aung San Suu Kyis role in Myanmars reconciliation reaffirms UN

“We have great expectations and hope that she will lead this path of reconciliation and greater participatory democracy and development of her country, together with President Thein Sein of Myanmar,” Mr. Ban said at a joint media encounter with Ms. Suu Kyi at UN Headquarters in New York.“In that regard, I pay my great tribute to President Thein Sein and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi,” Mr. Ban said. “They have been walking together down the path of reconciliation and political stability and democracy and human rights, and I really count on her continuing support.” Mr. Ban and Ms. Suu Kyi had held a meeting before addressing the media, at which they discussed a range of issues, including how the United Nations can help with further democratization in Myanmar. In May, the UN chief had met the Nobel Peace Prize winner – for the first time – at her home in Yangon, Myanmar, during a three-day visit to the Asian nation. “At that time we discussed the possibility of her visiting the United Nations. I invited her to visit the United Nations. In fact, she was staff of the United Nations, and I would like to welcome her home,” Mr. Ban said.While in Myanmar, he had hailed Ms. Suu Kyi as a symbol of hope for human rights worldwide – she had spent nearly two decades under house arrest, before her release in November 2010.In April, Myanmar citizens headed to the polls to vote for representatives of 48 parliamentary seats, with Ms. Suu Kyi winning a position in the lower house of parliament. The by-elections were part of a series of democratic reforms led by President Sein, which began last year.Noting her commitment to peace and security and her status as a “global symbol of human rights,” Mr. Ban highlighted how Ms. Suu Kyi now serves not only as General Secretary of the National League for Democracy political party, but also as a member of the Myanmar Parliament, and the Chairperson of the Committee of the Rule of Law and Stability.“This is quite important, and in that regard, she can continue to help the Myanmar people and many other people around the world who may be experiencing the same hardships and abuse of human rights like herself and the Myanmar people have been enduring,” the Secretary-General said.In his remarks, Mr. Ban mentioned his appreciation of Ms. Suu Kyi’s participation in the global ‘Education First’ initiative, which he will launch on Wednesday next week. The initiative focuses on three priorities: putting every child in school, improving the quality of learning and fostering global citizenship.The Secretary-General also highlighted how the United Nations counts on the Nobel Laureate’s “continuing commitment and leadership” in the Organization’s work with Myanmar, particularly in areas which the United Nations has agreed to help with, such as technical assistance for the country’s first census and greater UN engagement to help the country meet its development priorities.“We have great expectations of your leadership and I really thank you,” Mr. Ban said. “And let us work together for your country’s democraticization and many other countries and peoples who may look to you, to your leadership and vision.” read more

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Robbery suspect nabbed with gun ammo

The illegal pistol and ammo reportedly found on the suspectThe Police, in a brief release today (Monday), stated that a male suspect who was being sought in connection with an armed robbery committed on a Sophia resident at David Street, Kitty on October 22, 2018, was early this morning apprehended.According to the Police, a search of his person revealed that the 30-year-old resident of Hadfield Street, Lodge, had concealed in his crotch, an unlicensed 9MM pistol with two (2) live rounds.He is being processed for court. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCops arrest robbery suspect, accomplice over discovery of gun, ammoAugust 8, 2017In “Crime”6 busted with guns, ammo in Grove likely to be charged soonApril 13, 2018In “Crime”EBD attempted robbery: Police busts 6 in stolen vehicle with guns, ammoApril 11, 2018In “Crime” read more

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Ivan Nikcević to Sporting Lisbon

← Previous Story Men’s U20 EURO 2016: “French monsters”, Iceland and Spain to TOP 8 Next Story → STRUGA 2016: Metalurg with Steaua – Alingsas with Africans and Chartres Ivan NikcevicSporting Lisbon The 35-years old Serbian left wing Ivan Nikčević signed contract with ambitious Portuguese team Sporting Lisbon. The former captain of the Balkan “Eagles” left Polish Orlen Wisla Plock after four years to join ambitious project which has to put Sporting on the TOP of the domestic handball, but not only domestic.Some serious names like Carlos Ruesga and Janko Bozovic are already there…Nikcevic played in Spanish ASOBAL between 2005 and 2012 for Altea, Portland San Antonio, BM Valladolid…He began proffesional career at RK Crvena Zvezda. read more

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Khepera bots autonomously form up and roll out

first_imgIt can be difficult to coordinate a group of robots. Just watch any of the recent Transformers movies. In the real world, however, having robots effectively work together is a tricky thing. This difficulty can crop when it comes to formations. Ted Macdonald has sought to remedy this problem.Macdonald did his graduate work in the Georgia Robotics and Intelligent Systems lab (GRITS) at Georgia Tech. His thesis centered on the problems with multi-robot cooperation. In some scenarios, the robots drive to the closest available position, but this can result in multi-robot collision. In most cases, the locations are preset which can be cumbersome when obstacles arise.AdChoices广告What Macdonald sought to do was to develop an algorithm that would enable the robots to work without preset locations. Ted’s algorithm hinges itself on the robots knowing the assigned formation and the relative location of other robots in the formation. With this knowledge, each robot is able to autonomously determine where to go, and they are also able to recalculate their route should there be any disturbances along the way.The robots can all work on the same level, or a variable can be introduced. Macdonald modified his algorithm to include a leader robot, on Optimus Prime of sorts that doesn’t work on the same level the rest of the group. The leader could be controlled by a human, have a desired position, or any number of commands and it’s the leader’s actions that will determine what the rest of the group does.Ted recently released a video displaying the leader algorithm in action. The follower robots, each outfitted with a platform, can be seen coordinating around the leader’s movements. They form a four-piece landing platform for a quadrotor that tracks the robots’ movements.Read more at Ted Mcdonald, via Engadgetlast_img read more

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Australia bans sex between ministers and their staff after deputy PMs affair

first_imgAustralia bans sex between ministers and their staff after deputy PM’s affair Barnaby Joyce is going on leave next week where the Prime Minister wants him to “consider his position”. By AFP Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3852779 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share55 Tweet Email2 Image: Lukas Coch AAP/PA Images Barnaby Joyce reacting during question time in parliament today. Image: Lukas Coch AAP/PA Imagescenter_img Feb 15th 2018, 7:19 AM 38,206 Views Barnaby Joyce reacting during question time in parliament today. 52 Comments Thursday 15 Feb 2018, 10:26 AM Updated 10.26amAUSTRALIA’S PRIME MINISTER imposed a formal ban on sex between ministers and their staff today after his deputy made “a shocking error of judgement” by having an affair that left an aide pregnant and the government reeling.Malcolm Turnbull announced the amendment to the ministerial code of conduct at an extraordinary press conference during which he slammed deputy Barnaby Joyce for causing “terrible hurt and humiliation” to his wife and four children.“Barnaby made a shocking error of judgement in having an affair with a young woman working in his office,” he said.“In doing so, he has set off a world of woe for those women and appalled all of us.“Our hearts go out to them. It has been a dreadful thing for them to go through in the glare of publicity.”Joyce, 50, has been under immense pressure since his affair with former media advisory Vikki Campion, 33, who is now pregnant with their child, became public last week.It has led to allegations that he breached ministerial rules, with the crisis dominating the front pages and parliament question time, with calls mounting for him to resign.Joyce, whose National Party is in a coalition with the prime minister’s Liberals, will take leave next week, allowing him to side-step the role of acting leader while Turnbull is on a visit to the United States.Turnbull departs for Washington next Wednesday for meetings with US President Donald Trump and is scheduled to be overseas for four days.Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, as deputy Liberal leader, would normally step in if Joyce was unavailable. But she will also be travelling, which means Senate leader Mathias Cormann will take the position.Turnbull said the break would allow Joyce to “consider his own position”.The prime minister could sack him, but that risks fracturing the ruling coalition and could cause a rift between the Liberal and National parties.‘No good comes of it’Joyce admitted to the affair after a picture of his pregnant lover was splashed across the front page of the Sydney Daily Telegraph, and has publicly apologised to his shattered wife of 24 years Natalie and their daughters. Joyce speaking in the House of Representatives Source: Lukas Coch AAP/PA ImagesTurnbull said times had changed and people expected politicians to set an example.“I am not here to moralise. But we must recognise that whatever may have been acceptable or to which a blind eye was turned in the past, today, in 2018, it is not acceptable for a minister to have a sexual relationship with somebody who works for them,” he said.“It is a very bad workplace practice. And everybody knows that no good comes of it.”As such, he amended the code of conduct to make unequivocally clear that “ministers, regardless of whether they are married or single, must not engage in sexual relations with staff”.Joyce – best known internationally for threatening to euthanise Hollywood star Johnny Depp’s dogs over a quarantine violation – denies he breached any rules, which could be grounds for him to be removed from office.He has defended the two jobs, one for a minister, that Campion was given after she stopped working for him last year.The code stipulates that “partners” of ministers cannot be given jobs in ministerial offices without the express approval of the prime minister.Joyce is also under fire over revelations that he accepted a rent-free apartment from a millionaire friend after his marriage collapsed.Labor accused him of breaching ministerial standards by asking for a place to live, and in effect receiving a gift of not paying rent for six months. Joyce insists it was offered and he did not ask for it.Joyce was re-elected in his rural constituency in New South Wales late last year after being forced to stand down over a once-obscure rule barring dual citizens from federal office.He campaigned on a platform of being a pillar of the community who upheld conservative values, including marriage.© – AFP, 2018Read: Australia deputy PM under pressure to resign over affair with woman who was given government jobRead: Australia’s deputy prime minister has had to step down because of his dual citizenshiplast_img read more

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Man pleads guilty to hitandrun in death of friend

first_imgA Vancouver man who crashed his Cadillac, then had his wife pick him up from the scene where his passenger lay mortally wounded, pleaded guilty Friday to felony hit-and-run.Jason B. Graham, 37, entered guilty pleas to hit-and-run death and felony bail-jumping. The crash occurred Oct. 16, 2010, when Graham was driving on Northeast Cedar Creek Road in north Clark County. His Cadillac hit a tree, seriously injuring his front-seat passenger, Harold Sloan Blanchard of Amboy. Graham left the scene after calling his wife.Blanchard, 27, died about a week later from his injuries.Graham will be sentenced June 15. Deputy Prosecutor Jeannie Bryant said Graham faces a sentence of either 4 1/2 years or 10 years in prison, depending on a dispute over his number of prior convictions.As part of a plea bargain, prosecutors dropped a vehicular homicide charge against him, Bryant said. The bail-jumping charge relates to Graham missing a court hearing last year.Defense attorney Gregg Schile said he plans to request that Graham participate in the Drug Offender Sentencing Alternative program, which combines treatment with the sentence. Graham told the judge he struggles with methamphetamine addiction and alcoholism.last_img read more

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Report Boeing union leader criticizes proposal

first_imgSEATTLE — The leader of Boeing Co. machinists told hundreds of union workers Thursday night that he will see whether he can stop a vote on a proposed new eight-year contract agreement that Boeing says will determine whether much of its new 777X jet is built in the Puget Sound area, a newspaper reports.“I know this is a piece of crap,” Machinists District 751 President Tom Wroblewski said. “I will go to see if this can be withdrawn and not even put to a vote.”The vote is supposed to happen Wednesday. Wroblewski told union members he’ll check whether the union’s bylaws allow the proposal to be pulled.The meeting was closed to reporters until the doors flew open at the end and a Seattle Times reporter heard Wroblewski’s final comments.Departing machinists told reporters that their leader tore up a copy of the proposal as the meeting ended.A man who answered the phone late Thursday night at Machinists union headquarters said Wroblewski was not immediately available to discuss the reported comments with the Associated Press.“All of our options are still on the table, including those within Boeing and interest we have received from outside,” the aerospace company said in a statement late Thursday. “We chose to engage in Puget Sound first, but without full acceptance by the union and Legislature, we will be left with no choice but to open up the process competitively and pursue other options for locating the 777X work.”last_img read more

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Fall outlook shows slight uptick in sockeye sales

first_imgBristol Bay sockeye fillets are processed at Nakeen Homepack during the 2015 season. (Photo by Hannah Colton/KDLG)According to the McDowell group, this past summer’s sockeye is selling a little faster than it did in 2014.The McDowell Group published its fall market outlook for the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association this week. Fisheries Analyst Andy Wink said so far fish is moving faster than it did last year.“The frozen h&g product has actually been moving out pretty quickly, you know, being sold through the wholesale market,” he said. “We’re also seeing good sales volumes at the retail side for fillets. That’s really encouraging because more than anything, the industry and the fishery needs this increase in harvest and production to get through the supply chain as fast as possible before we get to next season.”Wink said the inventory of canned salmon has decreased, as have canned salmon prices, but change comes more slowly in that sector.“The inventory there is a little bit more problematic. Canned sales tend not to react as quickly to changes in price or production,” Wink said. “There’s a USDA buy, that’s going to help, but it’s going to take some time to unwind. … It’s kind of a more limited set of consumers, and how much more volume can you push into that consumer base.”The report also looked at one of the big questions making the rounds in fishing communities and on social media: are fishermen getting their fair share of the sockeye’s value? A table on page three shows that so far, fishermen’s take-home pay from this summer was a smaller percentage of the first wholesale value than in ears past.“To provide some data on that, we took all the wholesale sales and divided that by the volume of that product, and that’s where we came up with an average first wholesale value per processed pound,” he said. “So we compared those average value per pound to the exvessel price. What the table and the data tell us, is it that it was pretty consistent kinda within a range from 2006 to 2013. Then in 2014, fishermen tended to get more of the value and in 2015 they got a much lower percentage of it.”Wink cautioned that for 2015, the table only compares the base ex-vessel price to the first wholesale value. The other comparisons can’t come until there’s more information. Bonuses still to come and not-yet-sold inventory will eventually play into the final picture of 2015.The report looked at other factors influencing the world sockeye market – like the Russian embargo that’s resulted in more farmed Norwegian fish in other markets; a general trend of lower prices for all types of salmon; and even the lower price for smaller fillets, which increased sales in Japan this summer but meant less revenue from other sales.The report also included data from retail sales – purchases of filets and canned fish increased this year, a positive sign. As for the 2016 outlook? Wink says he’ll be watching to see what prices are this winter, and how much more fish sells before the 2016 run returns.last_img read more

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Telangana Information Technology Association selected to take

first_imgGachibowli (NSS): Telangana Information Technology Association (TITA) has been chosen to take part in the United Nation’s (UN) Sustainable Development goals by the Assage organisation from Telangana. Technology Education and Green Initiative. The UN has earmarked 17 sustainable goals for the period 2015 to 2030 globally. Assage has been working globally over technology-based education and green initiatives and TITA has been elected to represent Telangana State. TITA organized a workshop on Monday at the Osmania University emphasizing the need of technology literacy. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us Former Union Minister Bandaru Dattatraya, who was the chief guest, appreciated the efforts of TITA to promote digital literacy by adopting villages by means of Digithon and participating in Haritha Haaram by organizing events like Greenathon. Assage and Korean delegates have revealed that TITA was roped in for UN development goals considering the initiatives of TITA in these sectors. They also said Assage would work for 17 other global goals in the coming days. Also Read – Unidentified assailants killed a person in Saidabad PS limits Advertise With Us TITA Global Founder Sundeep Kumar Makthala said he was happy to be part of UN global development goals. He said TITA has been carrying out programmes like digital literacy in villages and programs for government school kids. He said with the new agreement with Assage organization, youth would be roped in for the society development. He appealed to the youth to participate in the programs for development of the society they live in. Korean delegate Lee, John, Assage representatives Madhu, Ashish, Naresh Kumar, Prashanth, Ramya, Sunitha, Rodha, Mary; TITA vice-president Rana Prathap, spokesperson Venkata Vanam, CSE vice-president Radha Kishore, RTA Deputy Commissioner Lakshmi and others participated in the event.last_img read more

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Detmers Continues to Collect AllAmerica Honors

first_img ABCA All-America Teams The ACC Pitcher of the Year is 12-4 across 18 starts this season, holding a 2.79 ERA and a Louisville single-season record 167 strikeouts. The strikeout total is the second-highest in the country and fifth all-time in ACC history. Detmers has now been named an All-American by six different organizations, four on the first team (ABCA, D1Baseball, NCBWA and Perfect Game) and two on the second team (College Baseball Foundation and Collegiate Baseball Newspaper). Story Links Detmers owns nine starts with double digit strikeouts this season, including seven no-hit innings in consecutive starts against Brown and James Madison. Behind a dominant start to the season, the southpaw was named the D1Baseball Midseason Top Pitcher and Perfect Game Midseason National Pitcher of the Year. The sophomore took the ball for the Cardinals in Sunday’s NCAA College World Series opener against Vanderbilt and allowed just one run on three hits in 5.2 innings. It marked the seventh start this season for Detmers with three hits or fewer allowed. College Baseball Foundation All-America Teams Louisville is back in action on Tuesday in an elimination game against Auburn. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. CT at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha. Print Friendly Version LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Honors and awards have rolled in all season long for Louisville sophomore Reid Detmers, who has added two more with All-America honors from the American Baseball Coaches Association and the College Baseball Foundation.last_img read more

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Microsoft cuts cloud game streaming bandwidth by over 80

first_imgGame streaming is quite a wasteful way of playing games if you think about it. Rather than using the processing power inside whatever device you are playing a game on, you instead stream it from a remote server that does all the work. That in turn requires a lot of bandwidth to ensure a buffering-free play experience.You’d think a company like Sony would be at the forefront of game streaming tech breakthroughs due to its PlayStation Now service, but it’s actually Microsoft that’s pushing game streaming forward. Working with a researcher at Duke University, they’ve managed to cut the bandwidth required to stream graphics-intensive games by over 80%, or just one-sixth of what was previously required.The bandwidth reduction is thanks to a new tool called Kahawai, which is the Hawaiian word meaning “stream.” It works using the simple concept that not all the work should be done remotely while a game is being played. Instead, the performance contained in the hardware local to the player, e.g. their games console or smartphone/tablet, should help.Kahawai enables collaborative rendering, which means that instead of the server doing all the work, the rendering load is split with the GPU in the player’s device. The server is still doing most of the heavy lifting with regards to shadows, texture mapping, and fine-grain details, but the local GPU can provide the graphical basics of a level, what the research team refers to as the “rough sketch.”The splitting of workload makes a huge difference to the amount of data that needs to be streamed without having any impact on how each game plays. An experiment was done using Kahawai with Doom 3 streamed at 60fps, and there was no discernible difference between streaming with and without Kahawai enabled except for a very large saving on the streamed data total.This is great news for mobile gamers especially as it will save them a lot of data on their capped contracts, albeit it at the cost of increased battery use. It also means games could run more reliably on slower connections with the graphics level adjusted accordingly. There’s also many applications beyond gaming, for example, in the fields of medical imaging and computer-aided design.last_img read more

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